SNL Digest: Reese Witherspoon/Florence & The Machine (5/9/15)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Reese Witherspoon" Episode 1682 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryan and Reese Witherspoon on May 4, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)
(Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Reese Witherspoon’s rough episode of SNL has me worried the writers have already left for the summer.

Between last week’s episode and this week’s, I’m starting to think that SNL may have already checked out for the summer.  Reese Witherspoon brought her polite Southern energy to the show, but there were a lot of repeated sketches I wouldn’t have expected to recur, and a lot of stuff that just felt like all premise, no joke.  I’m hoping next week’s finale is a strong finish, but there’s not a lot to recommend about this week’s episode.

What You Missed:

Cold Open: Southern Republican Leadership Conference

As much as I’m dreading wading through the next 19 months of political coverage, I’m looking forward to even sharper stuff from SNL than this.  Kate McKinnon gets to play potential candidates on both sides of the line (at least until Carly Fiorina drops out)

“He’s a medical genius, but tell that to what he says”

Monologue

SNL Moms!  This was a great bit with the cast and their (presumably real) moms.

AND THEN THEY SHOWED OLD HOME MOVIES.  This was a great piece for Mother’s Day.

Picture Perfect

Bobby’s performance sold this sketch (although Keenan’s Reginald Valjohnson was great)

Florence & the Machine: “Ship to Wreck”/”What Kind of Man”


New Florence & The Machine!  I’m digging the return to the more rock-focused/ecelectic sound of her debut after the more ethereal nature of her last album.

Weekend Update


  • Leslie Jones talking about relationships!
  • Colin’s takedown of the new Hamburglar was great.
  • The inclusion of mom-written jokes was a sweet touch
  • Reese didn’t really add anything to Girl At A Party’s schtick
  • They keep bringing Willie back to diminishing returns

Theater Showcase

I liked this one less than when they did this earlier in the season, but it still had a few good bits.  Cecily’s appearance as the drama teacher got a guffaw out of me.

Ladies Lunch

Reese seems right at home playing a southern lady, and the rest of the cast seemed to have fun with this series of weird escalations that didn’t have much of an ending.

Waterpark

This was like one of the Good Neighbor videos done live, although it ended really abruptly during the live show.  I’m interested to see if the final version that ends up online is slightly longer (update: nope. just as short).

Whiskers ‘R’ We

about mid-show, I predicted that this sketch would make a reappearance, based on how many other recurring sketches had already happened.  Kate kills it as always.

What You Didn’t Miss:

  • Be Scene in LA had promise, but the one joke (Marquis doesn’t know how to turn off the talk show mics) was stretched a bit too thin.
  • Beck did a great job with his part of the Mr. Westerberg bit, but I didn’t really find it that funny.

We close out the season with Louis CK and Rihanna next week.  See you then!

A Brief Word From Our Sponsors:

About Ben Smith 228 Articles
Ben has been writing about TV, music, and pop culture in some form or another since 2009, including stints at Mental Floss and Temporary Obsession. When not solving puzzles of some sort or consuming pop culture at a frightening pace, he can be found collecting shiny pieces of the internet at GoodAtInter.net. E-mail: ben@whatelseison.tv